Providing a secure, UK sovereign platform to help accelerate innovation and enhance collaboration between GA4GH members, UKCloud Health and its thriving partner ecosystem
“This is the latest example of UKCloud Health providing a cost-effective platform for an ecosystem of organisations within a specialist sector to help accelerate innovation and enhance collaboration within a secure, UK sovereign environment. It is a model that has proven successful time and again – providing great value for UKCloud Health’s customers and partners across the public sector as it has also done for UKCloud Health’s customers and partners across the health and care sector. The model is also being applied in the defence and national security sector with UKCloudX and now promises to be equally compelling for the global genomics community,” said Simon Hansford, UKCloud Health CEO. “With the increasing pace and complexity of research and medical advances in genomics and health, it is necessary to find better ways of working as an ecosystem to collaborate more effectively and innovate faster.”
One key advantage of collaborating as an ecosystem on a shared platform in this way is data gravity, which is the way that certain key data sets attract applications, services, and other data. Often software, services, and business logic cluster around certain key data sets that are particularly massive and important. There can be a real advantage in being located physically closer to these key data sets. For example, Genomics England, the largest single health data set in the UK, is hosted by UKCloud Health along with a number of key hospital trusts. This has attracted a growing ecosystem of service providers to the platform, which has in turn attracted further partners, clients, and data sets. Located in close proximity to each other, they all benefit from secure, low-latency connectivity and increased scope for collaboration.
In addition, when it comes to optimal workload placement, there is no one-size-fits-all cloud approach. Customers need a secure, compliant, and cost-appropriate solution that meet the demands of their organisation and provides a best fit for each workload. Within an ecosystem of organisations, each with an array of legacy and cloud native applications, a multi-cloud approach provides the most comprehensive and effective solution.
Bringing the advantages of data gravity, multi-cloud and High Assurance together, UKCloud Health offers a single environment, with secure access across N3 and HSCN, and with a wide choice of cloud technologies, all in close proximity not only to each other, but also to a significant cluster of other key research and healthcare data sets. UKCloud Health spans two government-grade UK data centre sites 70 miles apart on the Crown Campus – home to the government’s own data centres.
In support of its aim of enabling the responsible, voluntary, and secure sharing of genomic data, GA4GH provides a Genomic Data Sharing Toolkit. It also has a five-year strategic plan that aims to drive uptake of standards and frameworks for genomic data sharing within the research and healthcare communities in order to enable responsible sharing of clinical-grade genomic data by 2022.
About the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH)
The Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) is an international, non-profit alliance formed in 2013 to accelerate the potential of research and medicine to advance human health. Bringing together 500+ leading organizations working in healthcare, research, patient advocacy, life science, and information technology, the GA4GH community is working together to create frameworks and standards to enable the responsible, voluntary, and secure sharing of genomic and health-related data. All of our work builds upon the Framework for Responsible Sharing of Genomic and Health-Related Data.
About UKCloud Health
UKCloud Health powers healthcare communities. Providing a secure, but easy to use cloud platform that supports digital transformation and enables the optimisation of patient-oriented healthcare, UKCloud Health supports health and care organisations, as well as research and life sciences and pharmaceuticals.
- We’re focused on cloud. Our easy to use platform offers an open, collaborative environment to help enhance the way you and your Healthcare colleagues work.
- We’re open. You are never locked in. Giving you the choice and flexibility of a range of technology platforms as well as payment models in GBP to avoid currency fluctuations.
- Dedicated to the UK Healthcare sector. We support cloud and digital transformation of services across the healthcare sector, including health and care, research and life sciences and the pharmaceutical industry.
- We develop communities. UKCloud Health is bringing Healthcare communities together – enabling collaboration, innovation and digital transformation.
- Customer engagement. With UKCloud Health you’re never alone. Enjoy peace of mind, knowing we understand the challenges you face. Your success is our success.